JOHNSON CITY — The East Tennessee State baseball team split an Atlantic Sun Conference doubleheader Saturday with Stetson, falling 5-3 in the opener before rallying for a 4-3 victory and the series win in the nightcap at Thomas Stadium.
In the opener, the Hatters scored four runs in the sixth inning — capped off by a three-run homer by catcher Garrett Russini — to do most of their damage. Tyler Bocock tacked on an insurance run when he homered to lead off the eighth.
Chris Riopedre went 3-for-4 to lead the Buccaneers at the plate. Kevin Phillips was 2-for-3, including a solo homer, and knocked in two runs.
Riopedre led off the ninth with a double and advanced to third on a wild pitch before coming home on a ground out to get the Bucs to within two runs. But Stetson closer Tyler Warmoth got the final two outs to pick up his fourth save and preserve the win.
Hatters starter Josh Powers (2-3) almost went the distance before being relieved by Warmoth after giving up the double and throwing the wild pitch in the top of the ninth.
Jimmy Nesselt (2-2) took the loss for the Bucs, working 7 2-3 innings and giving up all five runs on nine hits and no walks while striking out eight.
In the nightcap, Stetson built a 3-0 lead before Riopedre and Clinton Freeman knocked in runs in the fifth and Dylan Tritsch ripped a two-run single in the seventh to set the final score.
Freeman and Phillips led ETSU (11-12, 2-1) at the plate with two hits each.
Logan Rice (3-0) relieved starter Jamin McCann in the sixth to get the win. Freeman moved to the mound in the eighth and earned his fourth save.
Stetson shortstop Tyler Bocock went 3-for-4 with an RBI in the leadoff spot. Josh Powers added two hits and knocked in two runs for the Hatters (8-16, 1-2).
The Bucs play a pair of single midweek games — hosting Western Carolina on Tuesday and at Appalachian State on Wednesday — before getting back into conference play next weekend against Northern Kentucky at home.comments powered by Disqus